I booked into what was advertised as "deluxe" accommodation. The cabin that I was allocated was far from deluxe, unless of course you are comparing it to a rundown fishermans shack that's about to be demolished.
To say that the cabin is basic really is an understatement, and that's perfectly fine if that's what is advertised. There is certainly no way that I would ever pay what they claim is the normal rate for this cabin at $320/night, I'd sooner sleep in my car.
To start with, you _have_ to reverse onto the grassed area in front of the cabin to park (their claim is that it's easier in an emergency evacuation). Why they don't have concreted area or gravel even for parking is beyond me, perhaps it would take someone slipping over on the wet grass and suing them for this to happen (yes, it was raining, and the grass was _very_ slippery).
Anyway, there is no screen on the glass sliding door, so you're not able to leave the door open for fresh air without inviting in insects (lovely). There are so many windows in this cabin that when the weather is cooler the cabin is basically turned into an icebox. The bathroom is tiny and looked clean enough, well the floor was still wet but that could've been from the rain coming through the open window.
On to the living/bedroom/kitchen area.... I can't for the life of me understand why they have a single bed in her when they advertise as it only being suitable for couples. The space would be much better utilised by removing this and replacing it with a lounge/sofa to sit on. The bedding on this single bed had a stain approximately 30cm in diameter. The double bed was very firm and had a shag type bedspread that looked to have been picked up in some random garage sale. The only place you could see the tv from was actually sitting on the bed, unless you moved one of the plastic outdoor cafe chairs aka dining chairs right next to the bed. There was coffee and tea making facilities, however the milk is generally colder if you put it in the fridge, not left in the basket with the tea and coffee on the counter.
I didn't find the staff to be overly helpful, rather I found them to be a little fake and insincere.
I chose not to stay here, even though I had prepaid for 2 nights. Given the rain made sightseeing a near impossibility, it would have meant that I spend my first day there in the cabin, and it was definitely not comfortable enough to spend any time in not sleeping. I chose instead to return to Ballina where I spent 2 nights in a budget cabin that was twice the size and quality as this one and less than half the price.
As far as the location, I actually had trouble finding the place it was that hidden. Clearly, I wish I hadn't found it.
- Also Known As:
- Glen Villa Hotel
- Glen Villa Hotel Byron Bay
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Glen Villa Resort is a quiet, green oasis, a caravan park with a difference, catering for couples and mature groups. Boasting 40 deluxe cabins, 5 spa cabins, 6 holiday huts and an array of powered and unpowered camping and caravaning sites, Glen Villa Resort has you covered. Either laze by our beautiful salt water pool and spa or take a 5 minute walk to Byron Bay beach. We are situated just 400m from the lively Byron Bay CBD and 150m from the market grounds, the Glen Villa Resort is the perfect destination for your next getaway, come and relax with us you will not be disappointed. Stroll just 5minutes down the road and you will have at your finger tips all that Byron Bay has to offer. Ask the friendly staff for information on what to do and where to go. And after a long day, when you’ve had enough, it is just a short stroll to return to our quiet, peaceful oasis that is the Glen Villa Resort. ... more less
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